It's fair to say that since winning the WBO Flyweight world title in November things have been very quiet from the team behind Chinese star Zou Shiming (9-1, 2) [邹市明]. Originally the plan was to defend the title in April, then April became May and now, just days from the star of April, there has still been no news about Shiming's next bout.
Earlier today however that began to change with Chinese sources reporting that the May defense for Shiming is set to be cancelled, due to financial issues and issues with getting an opponent.
According to the sources the finances for the card in Macau simply haven't been able to add up. Macau, once viewed as the Las Vegas of Asia, no longer appears to be the cash heavy region that it once looked like being, and the down turn has seemingly forced Shiming's proposed bout to be scrapped.
The sources now report that Shiming is likely to end up waiting until August to defend his title, with the bout likely to be held in Shanghai. Though once again no opponent has been named, however there is talk linking Shiming to Kazuto Ioka (21-1, 13) [井岡一翔] .
Although nothing has been announced yet from Shiming's team, which include American promoter Top Rank, it is starting to look less and less likely that we will be seeing Shiming defending in May. It's not impossible, but the sources suggested that a deal would have to be made in the next few days for Shiming to fit in the May defense, and that seems highly unlikely given the talk about financial issues with the defense and the short notice for an opponent, and under-card.
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